Homework and Materials for Next Week

Posted as of end of class August 6
Use graphite pencils, your plastic eraser, and your sketchbook or drawing pad to draw three hands and three feet.
Remember to draw lightly in the beginning choosing your HB or 2B to start and then switch to your softer/darker pencil (4B or 6B) only when you have figured out all of the structure and need to start on the contours.

Materials for next week:
Drawing paper, newsprint pad, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal/charcoal pencils, both erasers, sighting stick, tips for the model are very much appreciated

Posted for class on August 6, 2013
Use black and white conte crayon and 1/4 sheet of grey paper to make a landscape drawing. Decide how much sky you want to include and then begin by lightly drawing the simple shapes of trees. Allow the gray of the paper to be your middle value and use your white conte crayon to draw the light values (anything in your field of vision that is generally lighter than middle value. Then, use black to lightly add value to the shadow areas (anything in your field of vision that is darker than middle value. Whether you are drawing the light or drawing the dark, turn your crayon on its side and in light strokes, gradually build the value. Consider the form when you move your hand. Imagine you are trying to sculpt the form on your paper.

Materials for August 6:
Graphite pencils, good drawing paper, erasers, sighting sticks, your own hands and feet

Posted as of end of class July 23, 2013
Use white conte crayon and one half sheet of black paper to draw a portrait. I recommend you do a self-portrait, but you can draw someone else you want to. When you set up to draw, make sure you are someplace you can comfortably be for the entire drawing session (No need to make it a marathon;break your session up into short sessions if it works for you.) Play with lighting. If you are drawing in the bathroom so you can use the mirror, try bringing in a lamp and turning off the overhead light. Whatever you do, make sure you have enough light to see your drawing.
When you start the drawing, think about the simple shape of the head, position of the neck and shoulders and shape of the hair. Draw a line down the center of the face. Mark the position of the eyes, hairline, brow, nose, and center of lips. Erase any extra lines. Turn your conte crayon on its side and lightly model the parts of the face that are in light. Let the parts that are in shadow stay black for a while. Once you have built up the parts of the face that are in light, you can continue to add light to parts that are reflecting light more strongly. Eventually, you might add a little light to the parts of the face that are in shadow, but make sure there is a contrast in your drawing between what is in light and what is in shadow.

Materials for next week:
Gray paper, white and black conte, sighting sticks, erasers. To save time at the beginning of the class, please tear the gray paper in half before class. We need to get outside as quickly as possible since we lose the sun shortly after 8.
If it rains–you will need your drawing pads, graphite pencils, and erasers. The rainy day project is hands and feet and you will be drawing your own hands and feet. I’m letting you know now in case your pedicure needs any attention. 🙂

Posted at end of class July 16, 2013
Use drawing ink, brushes, and watercolor paper to make two negative shape drawings. The size for each is one quarter of one sheet of 90 lb hot press paper, 22″ x 30.” (Same size as in class)
The objective of this drawing is to practice seeing in reverse so that you will learn to transition easily between positive focus and negative focus.

Set up a still life using one simple symmetrical object (kitchen utensil, flowerpot, watering can, coffee pot) one irregular object (plant, rumpled fabric) and one cubic object (box, book) Rearrange the same objects for the second drawing. Focus on the negative shapes. Try to avoid drawing the positive shapes and filling in the negative shapes with ink. The objects should take up a substantial part of the paper. Don’t worry at the point if the objects poke out of the paper. Do not draw any details.

Materials for next week:
Black paper, white conte crayons, sighting sticks.

Posted at the end of class July 9, 2013


In your sketchbook, with graphite pencil, make one 3 blind contour drawings, each with a different subject and 3 modified blind contour drawings of the same three subjects. Note: If you make a blind contour drawing of a living subject and the subject changes position, it’s ok to make the modified blind contour drawing of the subject in its new position.


Watercolor paper, hot press, 90lb (minimum)

Black drawing ink

2 brushes, one fine, one larger

3 glass jars or a 6 muffin tin with deep wells




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